With this latest series for Tom's IT Pro, I begin a broader discussion on the subject of how resource pooling changes businesses. More to the point, I talk about how the extent to which the way we work is changing, as a result of new technologies that enable us to procure computing power a la carte
without purchasing the whole power plant first.http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/cloud-dynamics-cloud-services-consumerization-of-it,2-597.html
I'm going to just say it. For three decades now, I've read the usual pabulum about how the waves of change, the dawn of new eras, the rush of new technologies, and all the things that are changing, changing
us into different people than we were five minutes ago. And its a lot of, to borrow Joe Biden's superb vernacular, malarkey. Technology has never changed us. Not once. Humanity has always pooled its resources to leverage machines that maximize the productivity and effectiveness of work. Always. Every idea we've ever had that hasn't been about sex, has been ultimately for that purpose. Even handwriting was devised as a way of taking inventory.
When the way we work changes, it is because of an underlying evolution in who we are as a people and as a culture. We are the undercurrent; technology is the by-product.
Cloud dynamics is my term for the concept of pooling work itself into a marketable commodity. Not the machine, not the device, not the thingie with the touchscreen in your pocket. Units of work that are made available through a global marketplace. The idea that what we do has more value than what we do it with
, is changing the nature of business, and altering the infrastructure of information technology. Not the other way around.
So what does this matter? Because we, the people, are responsible for this -- we're in the driver's seat, we're the one's steering the wave of change. And if we sit back and expect it to happen to us, like some "immersive experience," it could all die out and we could miss this opportunity.